Health Matters

We have all heard the saying, "You are what you eat," but it would be just as accurate to say, "You are what you think." One of the most common issues I encounter with patients is negative self-talk. A judgemental internal dialogue filled with negativity and pessimism is toxic to both mind and body.

A large part of Chinese medicine is diet and lifestyle recommendations, in addition to acupuncture and herbal therapies. This toxic internal dialogue falls squarely in the lifestyle section of Chinese medicine and is well understood.

You don’t have to look far to find a dietary recommendation for almost anything; blood type, body type, gender, race, region, you name it, it probably exists. With all of this "noise" how can you determine the right plan for you and your family? Perhaps asking that question differently is the key. Instead of "the right plan" perhaps the question should be "the plan that makes me feel best and is the best fit for my life."

It’s easy to forget that before 1966, roughly half of all American seniors were uninsured, living in fear that the high cost of health care could plunge not only them, but their families, into poverty. Few of us remember that not long ago, far too many disabled people, families with children, pregnant women, and low-income working Americans were unable to afford the medical care they needed to stay healthy and productive.

Envision a lithe, graceful dancer, moving rhythmically and deliberately to a pattern of choreographed dance steps, in perfect unison with the carefully measured movements of the dancers around her. You might be thinking of an episode of TV’s "So You Think You Can Dance?" or "Dancing with the Stars." Actually, you could be observing 94-year-old Rose, one of the many youthful senior dancers at Mastick Senior Center’s line dancing classes.

Are you getting less than eight hours of sleep per night? Do you wake up during the night several times? Do you wake up and have trouble getting back to sleep? If you answered yes to any of these, you could have insomnia.

More than 60 percent of Americans say they suffer from insomnia. It is so prevalent in the U.S. yet we just accept it as a normal part of life when it happens.